Androgynous Obama Down Under

I was at my dead grandparents house which was selected in a competition to be visited by Barack Obama in Adelaide, Australia. I couldn’t believe we had been chosen and when he arrived with his entourage and security it was a sight to behold. He entered the house and talked to me and then we went to the bedroom and sat and talked some more he sounded genuinely interested in me. Then with the door open he laid down and pulled out a breast, I couldn’t believe it, was this a man or a women? Then I started to suck on his breast before I knew what I was doing. Then we walked out to the lounge room and we were surrounded by security from both outside and inside the house wanting to know what had taken place in the room. Then Barack Obama and entourage left and it was all over. What was the most striking part of the dream which I’m not sure whether it was the beginning or the end, was his face up strickingly (sic) close to mine and his current appearance had changed to that of a grotesque figure.

From a 47-year old Australian male bridge inspector, on May 9, 2011

A political liberal, he said the dream has impacted the way he looks at Obama (although without specifying how).  After he woke up from the dream he felt “somewhat disturbed and in ore [awe?] of the reality of it. The dream was so real I searched for a similar dream and couldn’t believe it, that under the title Barack Obama dreams the first one to come up was someone’s dream in a similar vain in an elevator with him filling two bottles of milk from a breast pump.”

This dream starts with a typical “Obama as Friend” theme, transposed to an international setting.  But then it takes a sharp turn into the bizarre with a “grotesque,” androgynous Obama laying down on a bed and baring a female breast, from which the dreamer suddenly begins sucking, whether sexually or to nurse is unclear.  The dreamer’s association to a similar dream suggests a maternal meaning.  

Obama as nurturer of world hopes?  or, Obama as womanish, boundary-violating freak?

Michelle Likes Horses, Not Dogs

“I was over the Obama’s for an evening – Barrack put his head on my lap and I ran my fingers through his hair comforting him. It was more loving and sweet then sexual. Michelle was there too and she shared her dirty little secret: “I really don’t like dogs, I’d much rather have two horses now that I’m in the White House”.  The house was a plain suburban home, and the feeling of the dream was friendly and neighborly.”

From a 52-year old female nurse in Washington state, on February 5, 2011.

She said the dream made her feel happy when she woke up: “I really enjoyed this dream–it made me laugh.”

A liberal Democrat, she said the dream matches her waking life attitude towards the President: “I’ve always liked Obama and I still do.”

The physical intimacy and friendliness here reminds me of some of the dreams women had of Bill Clinton, with situations that might seem sexual but are specifically described by the dreamers as non-sexual.  Their emphasis is on the close interpersonal bond with the President, a feeling that’s continuous with the dreamer’s political views in waking life.

In this dream Michelle Obama displays no jealousy or disapproval of the dreamer’s behavior.  On the contrary, the First Lady takes the dreamer into her confidence and shares a “dirty little secret.”  It’s hard to say what this is about without the dreamer’s associations, but it sounds to me like a sly commentary on the private desires hidden behind Michelle Obama’s public persona.

Exercising with Obama

I dreamed that Obama and I were next door neighbors in very large beautiful homes. He came over to my house and wanted to use my exercise equipment. But for some reason all of my equipment was unreachable hanging from a high ceiling or wall. He said it was OK then he went to his house. Later on I went to his house which turned into the White House to tell him I found some equipment. I was able to walk right pass security without being searched. It was as if they knew me. I could see through the opened door that he was busy on the phone in the Oval Office. So I left. On the way down the stairs there were black women my age looking at me with disgust as if I was his mistress or something but Michele walked right past me, then casually looked back to say, “Hey girl, y’all gon work out again together today? You know he loves to work out with you.” Then I woke up.

From a 43-year old woman, an executive assistant in Chicago, Illinois, on January 26, 2011.

She said, “While dreaming it felt real. I felt honored to be in their presence. When I woke up I felt like it was a sign that my social circle was about to change for the better.”

A very liberal person politically, she said the dream is consistent with her waking views of Obama: “I’ve always admired and respected him.  If anything, I like both of them even more so now.”

Her interpretation of the dream as reflecting personal hopes for a better social life makes sense.  In that view President Obama symbolizes a friendly agent of change, someone who can help her strengthen her relationships.  Michelle’s blessing (rather than tension as in other people’s dreams of the First Couple) of their exercise–a major waking world priority of the First Lady’s– is further affirmation of that encouraging feeling. 

If I were the dreamer I’d be curious about the disgusted black women.  Who are they, and why don’t they like my friendship with Obama?  What are they doing there anyway? 

   

Lucid Dreaming About an Obama Dream Website

  I have had several dreams already of (I actually don’t know how to say!), Obama. This latest was the most amusing. He was sitting at a folding table in something like a community center, arms gently folded, smiling a little. I said, “I’ve had dreams about you before.” Then I knew I was dreaming, a lucid dream. I sat down and said, “You know, there is a site where everyone can tell their dreams of you”. He slid his cell phone across the table with a laconic smile and said, “call ’em.” Then we both started laughing.

From a 64-year old male, a cabinet maker and poet from, in late December 2010

A political Independent who considers himself liberal, he said that when he awoke he felt “very good in so many ways; the joke, the lucid dream, the closeness to a man I do not know except in dreams and books.” 

The dream comes full circle!

A Picture with the Queen of England

I had attended some kind of elaborate world political event at Buckingham Palace with my family. I was standing in a room on an upper floor with large floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over an ornate garden where various world political figures were observing the Queen of England giving an important speech. After the speech was over, the world leaders who had been in the garden were coming inside Buckingham Palace and they were walking through the room where we had been watching the speech. At first, my mom chased down the Queen, who was wearing a purple dress, and was able to have a picture taken with her. I was so excited by her having done this, thinking how cool it would be to have a picture with the Queen. After everyone was gone, I found myself alone in the large room. I saw Obama, dressed in a white shirt and tie with black pants and shoes, come through a side door with his entourage and I yelled out “Mr. Obama, can I have my picture taken with you?” I was really nervous at first because I was not sure if I would be allowed to take the picture with Obama due to the secret service personnel. He told them to go away and come back later and he said he would be more than happy to take a photo with me. At that point, I felt thrilled to be able to do this. I was having trouble with the digital camera, so Obama took a look at it and he was able to get it working! We took several photos and eventually Obama began making silly faces at the camera as we took photos! He began to act goofy, just like we were best friends hanging out. At one point, Obama began to break dance and he allowed me to take pictures of him while he was dancing. We talked for a long time and I felt so excited to be hanging out with the President of the United States. Eventually, Obama said he was really disappointed that he had to go, but he said if he didn’t, the Secret Service would be angry with him, and then I woke up.

From a 26-year old U.S. History teacher in Tennessee, July 18, 2010

The dreamer enjoyed the dream and said, “I felt really happy to have had such a cool experience, even though it wasn’t real.”  A liberal Democrat male, he thought the dream had somewhat changed his view of the President:  “It made me see Obama more as a human being or ‘average guy.'”

The Queen of England’s recent visit to the US, where she spoke to the United Nations General Assembly on July 6, very likely influenced the setting of this dream.  The symbolic grandeur of a true Queen speaking to the United Nations, the embodiment of an ideal global community, certainly provides potent raw material for the dreaming imagination.  We might expect a teacher of U.S. History to be especially sensitive to the impact of such momentous events.

Obama’s friendly presence in the dream suggests that he may, at one level, represent for the dreamer a personal sense of connection to that collective realm of political idealism.  The playful, surprisingly competent figure of Obama mediates between the dreamer’s individual reality and an idealized collective reality.  Obama is the President of the US and the most powerful man in the world, but he is also a goofy dancer who’s an average guy just like the dreamer.

Amazingly, Obama Listened to All that I Had to Say

I had a strange dream a few nights ago with Obama in it… It was very realistic and it went like this ~ I was actually having a conversation with Obama face to face. In the dream I was telling Obama that I didn’t like how he was doing things and that I was very concerned about our nation. I explained to him that I had not taken the Swine flu vaccine and was “refusing” the human tracking device that they were trying to implement on people.  I explained in a very calm and confident manner that he and his team of doctors could do what they wanted with me but I was standing my ground and would fight them off. I remember feeling NO fear because I knew that what they were doing was against God’s plan and that the Lord would protect me from harm… I was telling Obama in a straight-forward manner that I believed that the human tracking device was “morally and ethically wrong” and to make it mandatory was against God’s will. Amazingly, Obama listened to all that I had to say and we seemed to come to an understanding. His face suddenly looked sad and he preceded to look down and spoke the words “Okay, then” … I watched him turn around and exit the same same way he had entered the room. After that, I woke up.

From a 30-year old man of undefined political views, on January 29, 2010

Asked to describe how he felt when he woke up, the dreamer said,  “bizarre.. I can still visualize the dream very well. Very strange to have a dream like this and haven’t had one since then. It seemed very real.”

Such strong concerns about vaccines and tracking devices suggest a strain of conservative extremism and populist paranioa, perhaps in relation to current cultural/political conversations about the Tea Party movement and the anti-Obama bias of Fox news. 

More generally, the dream reflects a kind of political-psychological integration; to use a biblical image, the lion laying down with the lamb.  Because most people who take an interest in dreams tend to be politically liberal, I’ve heard more examples of liberals having dreams in which they find a surprising degree of kinship and agreement with conservative politician they dislike in waking life.  Here, it seems a person who is politically conservative and anti-Obama in waking life has a dream of unexpected connection with the President. 

There could be an additional level here of personal symbolism.  Perhaps the dreamer needs to speak up more directly to people in authority: to his parents, boss, minister, or anyone who wields a kind of “presidential power” over him.

The dreamer says the dream had no impact on his waking views of Obama, but I wonder.  Having had counter-political dreams like this myself (one in which I had an extended debate with Newt Gingrich), I know that afterwards I looked at those conservative politicians differently.  I didn’t suddenly agree with them, but I saw them as more complicated people and realized my previous views were somewhat narrow and self-righteous and I needed to give them more critical thought.

I would especially wonder about this since the dream was so memorable and realistic.  I don’t believe the sleeping mind creates such dreams without a reason.